MCCC To Host Debate and Town Hall Meeting Oct. 16

10-13-08

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College will host a debate and town meeting with representatives of the Obama and McCain campaigns on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 12 noon at Kelsey Theatre on the college's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Representing the Obama campaign will be Seton Hall Law Professor Mark Alexander, a senior advisor to the Obama campaign. Representing the McCain campaign will be Robbinsville Mayor David Fried, owner of the firm TriCore.

The public is invited and admission is free. For directions to the campus click here.

Debaters:

Professor Mark C. Alexander is Senior Advisor to Barack Obama, having worked on the Obama presidential campaign since January 2007, also serving as Policy Director and as New Jersey State Director. He specializes in Constitutional Law and the intersection of Law and Politics. He writes and teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, Law & Politics, Criminal Procedure, and The First Amendment. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of law, politics and government and free speech issues, with an emphasis on exploring new constitutional approaches to campaign finance reform.

Professor Alexander was General Counsel to Cory Booker and the Booker Team in the 2006 Newark Municipal elections and then for Newark in Transition, as Mayor Booker moved to assume the office. Other political work includes serving as Issues Director for the Bill Bradley for President Campaign in 1999-2000. He also worked for U.S. Senators Edward Kennedy and Howard Metzenbaum, and he served a two-year term as an elected official in Washington, D.C.

Professor Alexander also has significant international experience, including year in Spain on a Fulbright Scholarship, where he taught American law and politics. In addition he has taught in the Seton Hall Law-in-Italy program. He is also a fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program.
Professor Alexander clerked for Chief Judge Thelton Henderson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and was a litigator with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco before joining the Seton Hall Law School faculty in 1996. Professor Alexander was the 1996-1997 Student Bar Association Professor of the Year, and he has been nominated for the award on numerous other occasions. He received his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. In the spring 2003 semester, Prof. Alexander returned to Yale Law School as a Visiting Scholar.

Mayor David Fried has served as an elected official in Township of Robbinsville since 2000, when he was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Township Committee under the old form of government.
After the voters of Township of Robbinsville opted to change their form of government in November 2004, Mr. Fried became the first mayor directly elected by the voters. He was elected May 10, 2005, and sworn in to a four-term on July 1, 2005. Mayor Fried is also the head of Public Safety.

Mayor Fried said he has settled three labor agreements that end free lifetime health benefits for new hires - including the first contract of its kind for firefighters. He said taxes in Robbinsville have been the most stable of Mercer's 13 municipalities.
In economic development, Mayor Fried said he has worked to speed up the long-awaited commercial corridor in Town Center, and has passed a new highway commercial zoning ordinance. This month, the township introduced an ordinance to fund sewer construction on the highway.

In 2001, Mr. Fried founded TriCore, first known as Adminasource, with the goal of becoming the leading human resource outsourcing company in the Northeast. Previously, he was the founder/owner of Human Resource Alternatives, Inc. HRA ranked 20th on the Inc. 500 list in 1998 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. In November 1998, Fidelity Investments and HR Logic (HRL) purchased HRA.

Mr. Fried is married and has two children.

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